NEW ORLEANS — Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who’s the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.
“This is not about Randy and Jerry,” Rice said Thursday. “It’s OK. I don’t need to talk about being the best receiver. I don’t need to do that. I don’t need to pat myself on the back.”
Rice has a strong opinion on the matter, yet insists he won’t come out and say he is the best ever. The former San Francisco 49ers star turned television man will offer one thought to Moss: Check the stats. Read More
Only two of the 49ers five Super Bowl wins have been close. I think Sunday’s game will be the third and possibly the closest yet as they beat the Baltimore Ravens to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins with six.
This goes against what seems to be the conventional wisdom with most of the online pickers going for the Baltimore Ravens. Steve Young went for the Niners but he has a dog in this fight. The others are going for the Ravens because of their postseason run, upsetting the Denver Broncos in double overtime and the New England Patriots, both on the road. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — Niners cornerback Chris Culliver opposed team policy when he made anti-gay remarks during a Tuesday interview.
Speaking with comedian Artie Lang on Super Bowl Media Day, Culliver said when asked about homosexuals in the NFL, “I don’t do the gay guys, man. I don’t do that. ... No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
Culliver added that gay players wouldn’t be welcomed in the locker room, and that they shouldn’t come out until 10 years after they retire. Read More
Leading up to the Super Bowl, all anyone has wanted to talk about is the Harbaugh brothers — Jim and John coach the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, respectively. Much has been made of what they have in common and what makes them different.
Asking them about it reveals one thing in common, though that’s not what they might have intended with their answers: They both want to make sure this game is about the players on the field. Read More
Check out what our staff and columnists predict will happen in this year's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
The 49ers are perfect at 5-0 in the Super Bowl — something no other NFL team has accomplished — but that mark doesn’t seem to matter too much to the current group of players who will take the field for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday.
Will the real Randy Moss please stand up?
When the 49ers signed the NFL’s most enigmatic player in February, it seemed like one of two things would happen: he’d blow up the stat sheet, adding an explosive new dimension to Greg Roman’s offense, or give up, frustrated with a limited role as his aging body declined.
But instead, Moss threw the media yet another curveball. Read More
NEW ORLEANS - Through 13 games of the regular season, Aldon Smith was a one-man wrecking ball.
The second-year 49ers linebacker was wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, using his lightning-quick speed and underrated power to muscle past linemen and drag down quarterbacks with ease. In all, he had 19½ sacks, well on his way to eclipsing the NFL’s all-time record.
But fast-forward to Super Bowl XLVII week and Smith hasn’t sniffed a sack since. The 6-foot-4, 258-pounder has gone 0-for the three regular season and two playoff games since. Read More
LaMichael James strapped on the pads at 49ers training camp with big expectations for the 2012 season. How could he not? He was college football’s leading rusher as a sophomore at Oregon in 2010 and he collected more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for the Ducks a year later.
But when the season kicked off, the explosive running back watched the action from the sideline in street clothes.
“I can’t sit here and say it was fun,” James said. “Anytime you’re a competitor, you want to be on the field helping your team win.” Read More
No Tom Brady. No Aaron Rodgers. No Ben Roethlisberger. Not a Manning in sight.
Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies as far as the NFL title game goes. But one will leave New Orleans as football’s newest star.
For Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, this is new territory. And, of course, exactly where they want to be. Read More